People have recently been knocking the actual value of a resume.  Some are saying that it is not needed because of a google search, or because of Linked In.  That is just what lazy people say in order to not write a great resume.  Well, if the following isn't any indication of the value of just a great piece of paper with your credentials, we don't know what is.  

As newly released government figures suggest, the job picture may be steadily improving in the United States. But if you happen to be among the 7.4% of Americans who are unemployed, there's still no reason to celebrate. If anything, there's reason to take another look at the ol' resume. And that's just what Deb Dib does for a select group of clients each year who are willing pay up to $20,000 for her services. And even then, they may have to wait for weeks until there's a free moment in her schedule.

How does Dib justify the price? A 20-year veteran in the resume-writing industry, Dib explains that she's offering far more than a mere curriculum vitae. She's a personal branding specialist – “extreme, status-quo kicking, career-making executive branding,” as she says on her website. Her work entails a thorough assessment of an executive's skills and talents: She has up to 100 friends and colleagues answer a survey about her client, then engages in several face-to-face meetings with the client to shape those perceptions into a marketable reality. At the end of the three-to-six month process, she provides the client with a two-page resume, plus any number of other job search-related tools and documents, including a LinkedIn profile, a corporate bio and case studies of the client's individual success stories. The resume itself is also far from the traditional list of positions held and accomplishments. It's light on wordy descriptions: “Think textual minimalism” and lots of white space. Rather, Dib says her approach is to show value through “stats snapshots” (as in figures that show how many people reported to you or how big a budget you managed) and “job jolts” (descriptions of “the most impactful thing you did in every position you've held,” as Dib explains)

But as Dib explains, it's not really about the resume or those other tools and documents: It's about helping the client discover who they are and how to communicate that essential truth to would-be employers. “The resume is just a tangible result of a critical process,” she says.

Dib won't say exactly who her clients are, except that they tend to be entrepreneurial types: “I typically attract innovative, scrappy, start-up people,” she says. As for her track record helping clients find jobs, she puts it like this: “For most of my career, I've hardly had any people out of work.”

The reality:

If you're looking for work, $20,000 is quite a lot to spend. But more to the point: It may be an unnecessary expense. Most veteran recruitment professionals and resume writers say a quality resume service should charge around $400-$1,000 .